BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. - Janelle Beaulieu picked
up a pair of complete-game victories and helped her own cause with
three hits and six RBI's as Massachusetts Maritime swept a
non-league college softball doubleheader from Lyndon State.
The Buccaneers (2-0) scored 14 runs over the first three innings of both contests in making its first return to competition in two seasons. MMA jumped out to a 3-1 first inning lead of the opener on RBI singles by Jess O'Meara and Meghan Thibeault. The Buccaneers added four more runs in the second on a two-run double by Beaulieu, an RBI single by O'Meara and a run-scoring triple off the bat of sophomore Holly McLaughlin. Massachusetts Maritime iced its first game win with seven third inning runs, including two on a Beaulieu's single and three more on a bases-clearing double by McLaughlin and an RBI double off the bat of Erin Eastman.
O'Meara, McLaughlin and Eastman each had a pair of hits in the opener, as Beaulieu chipped in with two hits while allowing just three hits inside the circle. She also fanned three in picking up the victory. Michelle Wilcox (Sheldon, Vt.) scored the lone run for the Lady Hornets on a wild pitch and Natalia Shams (Swampscott, Mass.) suffered the setback. She allowed seven earned runs in three innings while striking out two.
Lyndon State jumped out to a 3-0 first inning advantage in the second game on RBI groundouts by Melissa Morin (Lamoille, Vt.) and Jaclyn Toney (Brattleboro, Vt.), but Massachusetts Maritime responded with eight tallies in the bottom of the inning, highlighted by a two-run double by McLaughlin and a two-run single by Beaulieu. An RBI single off the bat of Katie Maynard and bases-loaded walk to Rachel Johnson also fueled the uprising.
After a run-scoring single by Jo Locke (St. Johnsbury, Vt.) enabled the Hornets to slice their deficit in half in the top of the second, the Buccaneers added six more runs in the bottom of the inning, including a two-run double by Stephanie Saulenas and an O'Meara RBI single. Lyndon State closed out the scoring on an RBI single by Kayleigh Marsh (Newport, Vt.) in the fifth. Locke and Kathy Kline (Coventry, R.I.) each had two hits in the second game for the Hornets, as Katelyn Willey (Lancaster, N.H.) allowed just three earned runs inside the circle for the visitors.